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26 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 - Aug. 14, 2003 Rehoboth has plethora of great restaurants Thanks for printing the letter from Mr. John Sayres of Rehoboth Beach in last week's (Aug. 1) Cape Gazette. Educating the public is a trying task, and it's helpful to learn of these individual difficul- ties so we can work harder to pro- mote our area as a clean, safe, fun place to visit and live. A project as large and involved as our three-year, $12 million streetscape project has certainly brought big changes to our down- town, and change can be difficult and confusing at times. Hats off to the city, the parking committee, citizens and business community who have worked together to help our guests understand and operate our new Reino meters and our per- mit system. Thank goodness this particular family met up with Mr. Sayres. If they hadn't, I'm sure they would have figured it out in a matter of minutes by themselves or with the help of one of our me- ter attendants or officers who al- ways seem to be right around the corner whether you need them or not. What really floored me was that the names of over 100 sit-down, downtown restaurants didn't come to mind. The Rehoboth Beach area has the most concentrated area of great restaurants in our state. The Rehoboth Beach Restaurant Association represents quite a few of them...from our state-renowned pizza parlors and sub shops; from ethnic to Ameri- can, family to fine, fast to leisure- ly, reasonably priced to higher end. Besides our family's restau- rant, I can think of over 30 of my friends' downtown restaurants, without blinking, who are family friendly and reasonably priced - not counting the quick-grab-a: slice list. Our restaurant served over 640 visitors for dinner alone last night...and three out of five of the tables had children. "Room for all?" You bet we are. I can't think of anything that's more fun-and-friendly-for-all than our Boardwalk. We have lots of churches, a great library, free parks - not to mention the beach and the ocean - nature trails, water sports, tennis and volleyball, golf and minigolf galore, Funland, Jungle Jim's, mega lodging facilities that wel- come the entire family - including the family dog - unique retail stores and locally owned and op- erated eateries and bars that cater to anyone and everyone - singles or marrieds, male or female, from babies to great-grandparents and every person in between. As much as we change, we're still the same. Everyone's wel- come here and we have something for everyone - every day - all year long. Sue Kriek Summer House Restaurant & Saloon Downtown Reimboth Beach Survey would assist in canalfront project We wish to express our thanks to the Lewes Canalfront Advisory Ad-hoc Committee for undertak- ing this monumental task of plan- ning for the canalfront park. How- ever, after attending the July 29 committee meeting, we were dis- mayed at the results of that meet- ing, particularly concerning the erection of a pavilion/band shell discussion. We contributed to the fund for the purchase of the canal- front property, believing this property was to be an open, green space for the citizens of Lewes with primarily passive activities supported. Now we hear discus- sions of meeting rooms, kitchens, an expanded pavilion/band shell with amplifiers, etc., which were never mentioned in early discus- sions of the park amenities. Will an increase in city taxes be necessary to pay for the mainte- nance and upkeep of these struc- tures? Will admission to perform- ances be charged for will the citi- zens of Lewes foot the bill? Wall the green space at the canalfront be needed for asphalt parking spaces to support the activities re- suiting from these structures? We already have three perfectly fine meeting rooms - the City Hall, the library and the Presbyterian church. We know, as we have at- tended meetings at each of these locations. Although we believe the firm of Andropogon has done a beautiful, knowledgeable job of presenting plans for this project, we should remember that the City of Lewes hired them to carry out the wishes of the people of Lewes, not the other way around. Several proj- ects of which they were instru- mental in carrying out were men- tioned: the White House, New York's Central Park, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater House, etc., and Lewes could be very proud of being added to that list. These projects were for a completely different type of community than our small town with core values of peaceful days and quiet nights. In reviewing the agreement with Andropogon, we also noted that there was to be a traffic study done to analyze the impact on Lewes residents. To date, we have heard or seen no discussion or presentation on this topic. When will this be done? Several comments/questions by the audience were left unan- swered. For example, how does a performance pavilion fit in with the noise ordinance in Lewes? Who will decide who will be per- forming and when? A suggestion that a survey of the citizens of Lewes should be taken was men- tioned, but not addressed. We feel a survey of Lewes residents' opin- ions regarding the desirabifity of individual structures and ameni- ties would assist the committee decision making process by giv- ing a broader spectrum of view points than can be gathered at in- dividual meetings. An article in the July 31 Cape Gazette regarding this meeting stated that a model and plans for the canal for park proposals are available at the library. Library personnel informed us they have been dismantled. Why? One comment by a member of the audience was what wonderful activities were performed at the Rehoboth Beach band shell. Do we really want another Rehoboth with its noise, traffic problems and congestion? Please, residents of Lewes, write or email members Of this committee and let your ideas be heard. Again, we thank those who have worked long and hard to ob- tain this valuable property, and for the efforts so far to provide a workable plan to utilize the canal- front. We hope the original con- cept will not be forgotten but be a guiding premise for the final plan- ning and development. Judy and James Stingel Lewes Westbrook resigns as Sussex SPCA president After carefully weighing my commitments to my family and my energies, it is with great sad- ness that I resign as president of the Friends of the Delaware SPCA Sussex chapter. I have contemplat- ed this move for some time since the birth of my second child, Daniel. The demands of raising two small boys are far greater than I ever anticipated and this decision came as a tough one. It is not fair to the others who are working so hard to realize our dream of mak- ing the Sussex County SPCA a larger and improved shelter, and it is certainly not fair to the animals who desperately need our help, that I cannot devote enough time to this project. After consulting with my good friend Kathy Askew, it was decid- ed that the office be turned over to her and her group of educated vol- unteers to carry on the mission of the Friends. Kathy brings to the mission more than 35 years expe- rience in humane rescue and edu- cation and is the obvious candidate for the job. Her compassion and caring for all living things, cou- pled with her adminislrative abili- ties to get the job done, will cer- tainly be an asset to all involved in the project. I will still be associated with the Friends, just on a smaller scale. I will be volunteering at events and fundraisers and will be better able to serve the Friends in a behind the scenes capacity. Remember, we can all do better for animals. By adopting, educating ourselves, supporting shelters and rescue groups, and being guardians to those unable to speak for them- selves, we can change lives - one homeless animal at a time. Lisa Spiegel Westbrook Harbeson